WasteAid launched its Widening the Net appeal today (1 May) to raise funds to develop recycling centres in some of the poorest parts of the world.
Plastic pollution is a major problem for most low-income countries, where very little waste is managed. WasteAid trains disadvantaged women, young people and people with disabilities to transform the problem of waste into an economic opportunity.
The Widening the Net programme will initially be used to train marginalised people in Douala, Cameroon, where there is no formal rubbish collection service. Plastic waste litters the ground and coastline, with tonnes of material reaching the sea every day. As a UK Aid Match appeal, all donations from the British public will be matched by the UK government.
WasteAid’s plastics specialist Pierre Kamsouloum says: “This programme will build on my own personal experience of turning plastic bags into paving tiles. Recycling plastic has helped me out of poverty, and I am very happy to share these skills to help other young people.”